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June 04, 2005

BA clips agency commissions

British Airways has reduced commissions paid to travel agents from seven to five per cent from June 1, leading to a boycott by agencies in Dubai. The airline said that passengers can book as usual through the British Airways travel shop or online at www.ba.com. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 11:29 PM

Saudia, AD to Madinah direct

Saudi Arabian Airlines has started direct flights from Abu Dhabi to Madinah for Umrah. The service on Sundays and Thursdays will continue until the end of the summer holidays. The airline also offers these 888 passengers a week a special Umrah programme for 24-72 hourse without the need for a visa. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 11:08 PM

Australian Govt May Appoint Security Chief at Sydney Airport (Bloomberg.com)

June 5 (Bloomberg) -- The Australian government may appoint a security chief at Sydney National Airport, which is at the center of cocaine smuggling investigations between police and Qantas Airways Ltd., the nation's biggest airline.

Posted at 10:15 PM

WELCOME TO STEERAGE IN THE SKY, LONG WAITS ON THE GROUND (Cynthia Tucker via Yahoo! News)

If you thought airline travel couldn't get any worse, just wait. The summer vacation season is upon us, and travelers may be confronted with a perfect storm of weather delays, increased passenger load, poor service from cash-strapped airlines, and hassles inflicted in the name of improved security.

Posted at 07:06 PM

Yet another budget airline prepares for NZ take-off (The New Zealand Herald)

A christmas airfare special may be in store for New Zealand travellers as another airline enters the cut-throat transtasman market. Australian airline Jetstar, Qantas Airways*** budget carrier, has announced it will be flying to New Zealand by the end of the year.

Posted at 05:55 PM

Jet Airways locks horns with US aviation company (Press Trust of India)

Washington, Jun 4 (PTI) Jet Airways finds itself at the centre of another controversy with an American aviation company trying to scuttle their plans to start services to the US from June 23 by accusing it of having terrorist links which the US Transportation Department is looking into.

Posted at 09:32 AM

Students apply math to aviation (San Diego Union-Tribune)

SAN MARCOS, June 4 (UNION-TRIBUNE): The correct answer to a math problem came out of the sky yesterday morning, its twin turbine engines roaring, for students at Richland Elementary School.

Posted at 06:34 AM

Transportation : Aircraft (Sioux City Journal)

Professional full time flight instruction, learn to fly now or upgrade your flying skills. Weekday, evening & weekend time slots available. Rental or your aircraft. Call Greg (712)255-3417 or 251- 9755.

Posted at 06:15 AM

Putin signs law on changes in int***l civil aviation conventions (Itar-Tass)

MOSCOW, June 4 (Itar-Tass) - - Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed the federal law on the ratification of protocols on changing conventions on the international civil aviation, the presidential press service reported on Saturday.

Posted at 05:28 AM

910th aircraft damaged in Asia (The Tribune Chronicle)

A C-130 transport aircraft from the Youngstown Air Reserve Station in Vienna was damaged recently while deployed in Southwest Asia, the Office of Public Affairs for the 910th Airlift Wing said Friday.

Posted at 12:07 AM

June 03, 2005

Tiny Aircraft Use Linux, Bluetooth for Computing (eWeek)

British researchers have built tiny aircraft that use Linux to perform parallel processing operations and can communicate with one another via Bluetooth.

Posted at 07:58 PM

Victory in budget airline ticket row (Guardian Unlimited)

Airline customers this week won a memorable victory in their battle to stop low-cost operators cutting routes, cancelling flights and switching destinations without paying compensation, writes Phillip Inman.

Posted at 06:51 PM

Nepal uncovers Himalayan fraud by aviation giant (The Statesman)

June 3. Nepal s aviation authorities today said a test pilot employed by a French aviation giant had perpetrated a Himalayan fraud .

Posted at 04:31 PM

United CEO predicts airline will be profitable next year (USA Today)

United Airlines will not only leave bankruptcy in the fall, but will turn a profit in 2006, airline CEO Glenn Tilton predicted ...

Posted at 04:03 PM

Saudi group plans to set up first private domestic airline (The Daily Star Lebannon)

A travel group in Saudi Arabia aims to set up the first private airline to operate internal flights in the vast kingdom, breaking the monopoly of national carrier Saudi Arabian Airlines in the domestic sector.

Posted at 03:25 PM

Omni selling aviation unit (KATC3)

CARENCRO, La. Omni Energy Services said today that it's selling its aviation unit of 20 helicopters and one airplane to Rotocraft Leasing for 11 (m) million dollars in cash.

Posted at 03:10 PM

CP Aviation holding open house/fundraiser (Santa Paula Times)

CP Aviation is holding an Open House on Saturday, June 4 from 12 to 4 p.m. in conjunction with Million Air s First Saturday at Oxnard Airport. CP Aviation is holding an Open House on Saturday, June 4 from 12 to 4 p.m. in conjunction with Million Air s First Saturday at Oxnard Airport.

Posted at 03:04 PM

Omni selling aviation unit (The Daily Comet)

Omni Energy Services Corp. said Friday that is selling its aviation unit of 20 helicopters and one airplane to Rotocraft Leasing LLC for $11 million in cash.

Posted at 02:41 PM

Omni selling aviation unit (The Daily Comet)

Omni Energy Services Corp. said Friday that is selling its aviation unit of 20 helicopters and one airplane to Rotocraft Leasing LLC for $11 million in cash.

Posted at 02:41 PM

Transport Canada investigating what set off hijack alarm on diverted Virgin plane (Canadian Press via Yahoo! News)

HALIFAX (CP) - Canadian aviation officials are investigating what set off a false hijacking signal that forced a British Virgin Atlantic Airlines jet to be diverted under Canadian military escort Friday, triggering a high-level emergency police response.

Posted at 01:45 PM

Omni Energy to Sell Aviation Division (AP via Yahoo! Finance)

Omni Energy Services Corp. on Friday said it plans to sell its entire fleet of helicopters, spare parts, related equipment and one airplane to Rotorcraft Leasing for $11 million in cash.

Posted at 01:27 PM

Lex live: China Aviation Oil (Financial Times)

As China Air goes on the road with a $1bn share listing, China has provided a timely primer on what can go wrong with its privatised companies. China Aviation Oil (Singapore), the jet fuel supplier, was carved out of its state parent and listed three years ago.

Posted at 01:15 PM

New Airline Brings San Diego Closer To Canada (10 News San Diego)

SAN DIEGO -- San Diego is now a bit closer to Canada, 10News reported. The country's leading low-fare airline Westjet is now offering seasonal service to San Diego.

Posted at 12:07 PM

New Airline Brings San Diego Closer To Canada (KGTV TheSanDiegoChannel.com via Yahoo! News)

San Diego is now a bit closer to Canada, 10News reported.

Posted at 11:29 AM

US aircraft carrier makes port call in Hong Kong (Channel NewsAsia)

HONG KONG: In what's seen as a sign of smooth Sino-US relations, a US aircraft carrier battle group made a port call in Hong Kong on Friday. The stopover is also a boost to the local economy, with American sailors and airmen expected to spend millions of US dollars in the city.

Posted at 11:27 AM

Israeli Aircraft Fires Missiles in Gaza (WINK TV Southwest Florida)

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip An Israeli aircraft fired missiles near a Palestinian refugee camp on Monday, destroying two rocket launchers and wounding three people, while Israel published a list of 400 Palestinian prisoners to be released later this week.

Posted at 10:45 AM

Aircraft noise may impair kids' mental development (Reuters via Yahoo! News)

Exposure to aircraft noise around schools located near major airports may adversely affect children's development of mental skills, especially reading comprehension, findings from a new study suggest.

Posted at 10:13 AM

(AFX UK Focus) 2005-06-03 15:15 GMT: Northwest leads airline group lower (Interactive Investor)

SAN FRANCISCO (AFX) --Airline stocks moved lower Friday with Air France-KLM bucking the downtrend, gaining 2.1% to $16.09. The Amex Airline Index lost almost 1% to 51.87 points.

Posted at 09:51 AM

French aircraft stay overnight in Atlantic City (WRIC 8)

POMONA, N.J. Authorities say nine French fighter jets and a radar plane stayed overnight at Atlantic City International Airport. One had suffered a mechanical problem and bad weather prevented them from returning to their aircraft carrier off the Virginia coast.

Posted at 09:21 AM

Thai PM arrives in India for talks on free trade, civil aviation (AFP via Yahoo! News)

Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra arrived in the Indian capital for talks on a free trade agreement and civil aviation liberalisation, an Indian official said.

Posted at 08:45 AM

United CEO Says Airline Will Be Profitable Next Year (CBS 2 Chicago)

United Airlines will not only leave bankruptcy in the fall, but also will become profitable next year, predicted airline CEO Glenn Tilton in a published interview.

Posted at 08:25 AM

Tom Mealie Joins NetJets Aviation to Lead Fleet Base Maintenance (Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance)

NetJets, the worldwide leader in private aviation, announced that Tom Mealie has joined the company as Vice President, Fleet Base Maintenance.

Posted at 08:02 AM

China Aviation Oil Managers Overrode Risk Controls (Update2) (Bloomberg.com)

June 3 (Bloomberg) -- China Aviation Oil (Singapore) Corp.'s managers, including suspended Chief Executive Chen Jiulin, overrode risk controls and failed to follow correct accounting procedures, causing $550 million of losses from derivatives trading, a probe on behalf of the Singapore stock exchange found.

Posted at 07:11 AM

Aircraft Noise May Affect Children's Reading and Memory (Medical News Today)

Exposure to high levels of aircraft noise could impair the development of reading and memory in children, suggests a study published in this week's issue of The Lancet. Understanding the way the environment affects children's health is central to the prevention of illness.

Posted at 06:40 AM

Aircraft and cars boost orders at US factories (Edinburgh Evening News)

NEW orders at factories in the United States rose 0.9 per cent in April, just shy of expectations, as demand for aircraft and cars rose but orders for some electronic products and nondurables dropped.

Posted at 06:39 AM

Emissions from aviation are growing so fast the EU and UK will miss reductions targets (Environmental Data Interactive Exchange)

Emissions from the aviation industry are growing so fast they will negate any savings that all other sectors of the economy could make.

Posted at 06:33 AM

Aircraft Noise Affects Children's Learning Powers, Lancet Says (Bloomberg.com)

U.K. June 3 (Bloomberg) -- Exposure to high levels of aircraft noise could have a detrimental effect on children's memory and reading skills, according to a report published by the Lancet magazine.

Posted at 05:09 AM

Aircraft noise linked to poor learning (Nursing Times)

New research suggests that aircraft noise impairs cognitive development in children. A stuy published in The Lancet assessed cognitive ability in 2,844 children who attended 89 primary schools located near three major airports in Europe.

Posted at 04:56 AM

INDUSTRY REPORT: Aviation -- UAL net loss narrows (Detroit Free Press)

United Airlines owner UAL Corp. , which is seeking to exit bankruptcy this year, said its April net loss narrowed to $124 million. The results included $28 million in reorganization costs, the Chicago-based company said in a statement.

Posted at 02:45 AM

Flabob Airport as working aviation classroom by 2006 (San Bernardino County Sun)

RUBIDOUX - San Bernardino Valley College will play a role in turning this community's small and historic airport into a major center for aviation education.

Posted at 02:14 AM

Moody Aviation to land in Spokane this summer (Spokane Journal of Business)

Moody Aviation, the aviation training arm of Chicago-based Moody Bible Institute, has begun the descent toward its new home in Spokane and expects to arrive as scheduled this summer.

Posted at 02:14 AM

June 02, 2005

Aircraft noise 'affects child learning' (icWales)

CHILDREN who are exposed to high levels of aircraft noise could suffer memory damage and reading problems, new research has revealed. Children's reading ages can be affected by as much as two months after exposure to loud aircraft noise.

Posted at 11:05 PM

Aircraft Expo '05 Expected To Land $8 Million Boost (Tampa Bay Online News)

TAMPA - Aviation and tourism officials anticipate 11,000 visitors when the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association Expo 2005 opens in Tampa on Nov. 3-5, creating local expenditures of nearly $8 million.

Posted at 10:28 PM

Airline shares rally on Continental optimism (The New Zealand Herald)

Airline shares were led higher this morning (NZT) by Continental Airlines, which posted stronger-than-expected May traffic that analysts said should pave the way for a second-quarter profit.

Posted at 08:57 PM

Aircraft noise 'affects learning' (BBC News)

Exposure to high levels of aircraft noise can affect children's memory and reading skills, researchers claim.

Posted at 07:20 PM

Exposure to Aircraft Noise May Affect Children's Reading and Memory (Newswise)

Exposure to high levels of aircraft noise could impair the development of reading and memory in children, suggests a study.

Posted at 06:22 PM

Aircraft noise affects children's reading, memory (AFP via Yahoo! News)

Exposure to loud and persistent aircraft noise damages children's learning ability, according to the largest health study to be conducted into this question.

Posted at 06:19 PM

Air Canada ranked Best Airline in North America in international survey of air travellers (PR Newswire via Yahoo! Finance)

Air Canada has been ranked as Best Airline in North America in an exhaustive worldwide survey of more than 12 million air travelers. Star Alliance, of which Air Canada is a founding member, was ranked as Best Airline Alliance.

Posted at 05:29 PM

US stocks rise on tech, retail and airline strength (Reuters via Yahoo! Asia News)

(Adds reasons for retail, airline strength in paragraph 2, updates with Sears after the bell in new paragraphs 18-19) By Scott Malone

Posted at 04:35 PM

Deal likely over US-EU aircraft subsidies -analysts (Reuters.co.uk)

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and the European Union probably will strike a deal to cut billions of dollars in subsidies for aircraft manufacturers Boeing BA.N and Airbus EAD.PA rather than fight the issue to the end at the World Trade Organization, analysts said on Thursday.

Posted at 02:43 PM

Airline shares up on Continental numbers (Reuters via Yahoo! News)

Airline shares were led higher on Thursday by Continental Airlines Inc. , which posted stronger-than-expected May traffic that analysts said should pave the way for a second-quarter profit.

Posted at 01:43 PM

NWA debt downgraded; union says airline hired replacements (USA Today)

Fitch Ratings downgraded Northwest Airlines debt on Wednesday, saying the nation's fourth-largest airline is taking too long ...

Posted at 08:30 AM

OAG 2005 Awards: LAN Airlines Again Named Best Airline Central/South America and Caribbean (Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance)

For the fifth time, LAN Airlines was chosen as the Best Airline Central/South America and Caribbean by the Official Airline Guide , the foremost world guide on information regarding airline schedules and itineraries.

Posted at 08:28 AM

Airline Caterer Proposes Recipe for Disaster - Workers Reject Offer (PR Newswire via Yahoo! Finance)

Union members working for airline caterer Gate Gourmet voted overwhelmingly 3,860 to 240 to reject deep cuts in wages and benefits sought in a final proposal by the company.

Posted at 08:09 AM

EU Commission opposes airline tax (CNN.com)

BRUSSELS, Belgium (Reuters) -- The European Commission opposes a voluntary tax on air travel to fund extra development aid for Africa and will defy a request by EU finance ministers to make such a proposal, a Commission source has said.

Posted at 07:30 AM

Iberia Selects Vitria to Accelerate Multiple System Integration Processes Across the Airline and Reduce Costs (PR Newswire via Yahoo! Finance)

Iberia Lineas Aereas de Espana -- Spain's number one airline -- has selected Vitria Technology , a leading provider of business process integration solutions, to provide the integration backbone that will streamline various technological projects the carrier is to roll out over the next three years.

Posted at 07:26 AM

Qatar Airways, Mashad flight

Qatar Airways has today launched a twice-weekly service to Mashad, Iran's second largest city, from the airline's operational hub of Doha. The inaugural A320 flight from Doha International Airport touched down at Mashad International Airport with a delegation led by Qatar Airways senior manager Ali Al Rais. Onboard were a mix of Saudi Arabian and Bahraini tour operators and travel agents. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 06:58 AM

Passenger plane crashes in Sudan killing five (Reuters via Yahoo! News)

An Antonov passenger plane crashed as it was taking off in the Sudanese capital on Thursday, killing five people and injuring two others, a Sudanese civil aviation official said.

Posted at 06:43 AM

Airline fuel bill a major blip on the radar (Edinburgh Evening News)

PROFIT AND LOSS AFTER a turbulent four years, the clouds seem to be parting for Europe's biggest carriers. The airline industry has been in a tailspin since the September 11 terrorist attacks.

Posted at 06:30 AM

Air crash in Sudan 'kills 5' (CNN.com)

KHARTOUM, June 2 (Reuters) -- An Antonov cargo plane crashed in Sudan on Thursday, killing five people, a Sudanese civil aviation official said. "There are five people dead," said Ahmed Mustafa Jaylani, head of internal flights in the civil aviation authority.

Posted at 05:55 AM

Key labor deals avert strike at United, brighten bankrupt airline's outlook (Waterloo Cedar-Falls Courier)

CHICAGO (AP) --- United Airlines dodged the threat of a crippling strike during peak travel season by securing two critical labor deals. The airline gained a contract agreement in principle with its machinists union just hours after its mechanics voted to ratify a separate pact.

Posted at 05:38 AM

Another airline cites possible delay in A380 delivery (USATODAY.com via Yahoo! News)

Another airline has gone public with concerns that Airbus, a European airplane manufacturer, could be late in delivering its new A380 superjumbo jet. Qantas Airways said Wednesday that Airbus' "manufacturing issues" would cause the delivery of its first A380 to be delayed by six months.

Posted at 05:20 AM

Singapore Airlines to hold talks with Airbus over A380 delay (AFP via Yahoo! News)

Singapore Airlines (SIA) said it will hold talks with European aircraft-maker Airbus over a delay in the delivery of the A380 super-jumbo jet, amid media reports it may seek compensation.

Posted at 02:52 AM

Emirates, 2nd Birmingham flight

Emirates is introducing a second daily non-stop service to Birmingham from Dubai, increasing both seat capacity and cargo on the route. The new flight EK037, which launched yesterday, departs from Dubai at 13:45 arriving in Birmingham at 20:15. Return flight EK038 will depart from Birmingham at 21:55, arriving in Dubai at 07:45 the next morning.

[AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 02:40 AM

Emirates, 2nd Birmingham flight

Emirates is introducing a second daily non-stop service to Birmingham from Dubai, increasing both seat capacity and cargo on the route. The new flight EK037, which launched yesterday, departs from Dubai at 13:45 arriving in Birmingham at 20:15. Return flight EK038 will depart from Birmingham at 21:55, arriving in Dubai at 07:45 the next morning.

[AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 02:39 AM

Boeing signs $600 mln in China contracts (Reuters via Yahoo! News)

U.S. aircraft manufacturer Boeing Co. said on Thursday it had signed contracts worth an estimated $600 million with Chinese companies to supply parts until 2021.

Posted at 02:38 AM

Boeing to source US$600 million in aircraft parts from China, but over 10 years (AP via Yahoo! Asia News)

Boeing Co. said Thursday it will buy US$600 million worth of aircraft parts from China in years to come, including some parts for its new 787 Dreamliner.

Posted at 02:21 AM

Aviation programs moving to Flabob Location could accommodate more students (Daily Bulletin)

RUBIDOUX - The small and historic Flabob Airport appears to be growing into a major center for aviation education.

Posted at 02:11 AM

Air Arabia adds Egypt flights

Air Arabia, the Middle East's first and only low-fares airline takes off on June 2 for its inaugural flight to Sharm El Sheikh and Luxor. CEO of Air Arabia, Adel Ali, will join official delegates and customers on board to celebrate the occasion. Customers benefit from Air Arabia's comprehensive online booking facility. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 02:05 AM

Boeing signs $600 mln contracts in China (Reuters via Yahoo! News)

U.S. aircraft manufacturer Boeing Co. said on Thursday it had signed contracts worth an estimated $600 million with Chinese companies to supply aircraft parts until 2021.

Posted at 01:57 AM

Airline industry open to all players, says CAA official (Viet Nam News)

HA NOI All individuals and organisations will be entitled to take part in the civil airline business, Nguyen Tien Sam, head of Viet Nam Civil Aviation Administration (CAA) has said.

Posted at 12:21 AM

Aviation ground support in remote western Iraq (United States Marines)

CAMP KOREAN VILLAGE, Iraq (June 1, 2005) -- The Marine Wing Support Squadron 371 detachment here may seem like your normal support squadron, but a deeper look shows a small group of Marines going above and beyond their normal role of aviation support.

Posted at 12:12 AM

June 01, 2005

Emirates, new NZ route

Emirates has announced a new daily connection from Sydney to Christchurch, New Zealand from July 15. This is an extension of the daily flight from Dubai and replaces the current service to Christchurch via Melbourne which will instead connect to Auckland on July 15. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 11:59 PM

Rotana, 5,000 Dubai rooms target

Rotana Hotels expects to have 5,000 hotel rooms in Dubai under its management by the end of 2006. Officials said the Villa Rotana in Dubai would open in August and the Amwaj Rotana and Rose Rotana would open by the end of 2006, bringing the total of rooms in Dubai to 5,000. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 11:50 PM

Airbus A380, six-month delay

The first deliveries of the new A380 superjumbo will be six months late, manufacturer Airbus admitted yesterday. Singapore Airlines was due to be the launch customer for the brand new doubledecker plan. Emirates Airline told Gulf News it had not been notified of the delay. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 11:07 PM

Another airline cites possible delay in A380 delivery (USA Today)

Another airline has gone public with concerns that Airbus, a European airplane manufacturer, could be late in delivering its ...

Posted at 10:08 PM

China to further open civil aviation market (People's Daily)

China's civil aviation administration will put more efforts in opening up the market actively, orderly and eventually, said director of the Civil Aviation Administration of China Yang Yuanyuan.

Posted at 07:32 PM

Airmen Killed in Crash Were Special Ops (AP via Yahoo! News)

The four U.S. airmen who perished Monday in the crash of an Iraqi aircraft were commandos from special operations units based in Florida, the Pentagon disclosed on Wednesday.

Posted at 06:55 PM

(AFX UK Focus) 2005-06-01 23:18 GMT: Wall Street airlines - Airline stocks close lower, clobbered by crude - UPDATE 4 (Interactive Investor)

SAN FRANCISCO (AFX) - Airline stocks closed lower Wednesday, falling late in the day after a spike in crude oil prices killed an early rally. The Amex Airline Index finished the session with a 1.2% loss at 49.43 points.

Posted at 05:49 PM

A Public Secret (The Nation via Yahoo! News)

It was a huge air assault: Approximately 100 US and British planes flew from Kuwait into Iraqi airspace. At least seven types of aircraft were part of this massive operation, including US F-15 Strike Eagles and Royal Air Force Tornado ground-attack planes. They dropped precision-guided munitions on Saddam Hussein's major western air-defense facility, clearing the path for Special Forces

Posted at 05:36 PM

Fitch downgrades NWA debt; union says airline hired replacements (SanLuisObispo.com)

MINNEAPOLIS - Fitch Ratings downgraded Northwest Airlines Corp. debt on Wednesday, saying the nation's fourth-largest airline is taking too long to cut worker pay while fuel costs remain high.

Posted at 05:30 PM

Cara Operations workers who make airline food go on strike in Montreal (Canadian Press via Yahoo! News)

MONTREAL (CP) - Airline passengers flying from Montreal may be forced to bring their own lunches, the union representating 520 workers who make on-board meals at Cara Operations Ltd. said after a strike began early Wednesday.

Posted at 04:23 PM

Mid-Western Aircraft Systems Continues Employment Process (CNW Group via Yahoo! Finance)

Onex Corporation Managing Director Nigel Wright announced today that Mid-Western Aircraft Systems will continue the employment process for current Boeing Commercial Airplanes employees in Wichita and Oklahoma this weekend.

Posted at 04:16 PM

Cara Operations workers who make airline food go on strike in Montreal (Canadian Business)

MONTREAL (CP) - Airline passengers flying from Montreal may be forced to bring their own lunches after 520 workers who make on-board meals at Cara Operations Ltd. walked off the job early Wednesday.

Posted at 04:15 PM

Key labor deals avert strike at United, brighten bankrupt airline's outlook (Waterloo Cedar-Falls Courier)

CHICAGO (AP) --- United Airlines dodged the threat of a crippling strike during peak travel season by securing two critical labor deals. The airline gained a contract agreement in principle with its machinists union just hours after its mechanics voted to ratify a separate pact.

Posted at 12:18 PM

Hooley amendment on airline taxes OK'd (Albany Democrat-Herald)

The U.S. House of Representatives has approved Oregon Congresswoman Darlene Hooley's amendment to prevent an increase in airline ticket taxes. "I want to make sure we don't raise taxes on air travel," Hooley said after last week's vote.

Posted at 11:36 AM

Research and Markets: Contemporary Issues in Human Factors and Aviation Safety (PR Newswire via Yahoo! Finance)

Research and Markets has announced the addition of Contemporary Issues in Human Factors and Aviation Safety to their offering.

Posted at 10:30 AM

Aviation emissions 'negate green initiatives' (DeHavilland)

Emissions from aviation are growing at such a rapid rate that they could effectively make emissions initiatives in other sectors redundant, according to new research.

Posted at 08:50 AM

Boeing opening aviation exhibit near St. Louis (ABC 7 Chicago)

June 1, 2005 (BERKELEY, Mo.) *** Boeing is opening a new exhibit on a century of aviation milestones in suburban St. Louis today. The displays track the development of flight and the history of commercial and military aviation.

Posted at 07:47 AM

Ajman Kempinski summer special

Ajman Kempinski Hotel and Resort is offering a weekend special throughout July of Dh552.50 per person per night for a sea view double room including breakfast, spa treatments and brunch for two people. E-mail, reservations@kemp-aj.com. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 07:31 AM

Sabre Airline Solutions Advises AACO and Six Arab Carriers on the Creation of a Pan-Arab Airlines Alliance, ``Arabesk'' (Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance)

Sabre Airline Solutions and the Arab Air Carriers Organization , in close coordination with six Arab airlines, are studying the creation of a new ground-breaking alliance.

Posted at 07:06 AM

IndUS Aviation takes off in Bangalore (Asia Times)

BANGALORE - US-based IndUS Aviation Inc has launched India's first aircraft showroom and general aviation (GA) facility here, and said it plans to export 35 to 40 Light Sport Aircraft (LSA) by December's end.

Posted at 06:35 AM

Superjumbo delivery delay

Deliveries of the Airbus A380 will be delayed by at least six months, according to the Australian newspaper. The delays will affect deliveries to all A380 customers including Emirates, which has 43 aircraft on order, Qantas and Singapore Airlines. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 06:04 AM

United contracts vital to airline Agreements with mechanics, machinists unions saved it from collapse, analysts agree (San Francisco Chronicle)

United Airlines hasn't yet done everything it needs to do to exit Chapter 11 and return to profit, but it took important steps toward that goal by forging agreements with two unions on Tuesday, airline industry analysts said. Agreements announced with...

Posted at 05:38 AM

Aviation pollution clouds emissions progress (Reuters.co.uk)

LONDON (Reuters) - Pollution from Britain's aviation sector will wipe out all greenhouse gas reductions achieved by other UK industries unless the government acts to check growth in aircraft emissions, environmental group Friends of the Earth said on Wednesday.

Posted at 02:50 AM

Emirates, Qatar Airways in Paris

Emirates Airlines and Qatar Airways are likely to announce firm orders for new aircraft at the Paris Air Show in June. Emirates looks set to order a combination of Airbus A350s and Boeing B777-200LRs, while Qatar Airways could announce orders for as many as 60 B787 Dreamliners, reported Gulf News. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 12:19 AM

More Emirates flights to Japan

Emirates Airlines is increasing its flights to Japan, President Tim Clark told Gulf News. Emirates has seven weekly flights between the UAE and Japan and hopes to win a large share of an additional 14 weekly frequencies being offered by the Japanese government for the route. The extra flights are expected to be divided up between Emirates and Etihad Airways. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 12:11 AM

May 31, 2005

Emirates, Oz desert resort

Emirates Group has plans for a major desert resort in Australia, the details of which will be announced in June, Emirates Airline President Tim Clark told Gulf News. The airline manages the exclusive Al Maha resort in Dubai and had been looking for a suitable place to copy the development. It is also looking at building a resort in Sri Lanka. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 10:37 PM

EU says aviation likely to join emissions trade (Reuters via Yahoo! News)

The aviation sector will likely join the European Union's emissions trading scheme to tackle pollution rather than face a fuel tax, the EU's environment chief said on Tuesday.

Posted at 04:03 PM

EU says aviation likely to join emissions trade (Reuters.co.uk)

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The aviation sector will likely join the European Union's emissions trading scheme to tackle pollution rather than face a fuel tax, the EU's environment chief said on Tuesday.

Posted at 11:57 AM

Etihad starts Frankfurt daily

Etihad Airways will start daily flights from Abu Dhabi to Frankfurt on 1 June. The airline sees Germany as an important strategic market for its continued growth with bilateral trade between the UAE and Germany growing by more than 10% per year. Etihad started flights from Abu Dhabi to Munich in May 2004. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 07:41 AM

May 30, 2005

Air India Express appoints ETA

Air India Express has appointed Emirates Trading Agency as general sales agents for Dubai, reported Gulf News. The move comes after the budget airline could not reach agreement with national airline Air India's sales representative Dnata Agencies, according to MD Vasedevan Thulasidas. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 10:44 PM

Global airlines to lose $6bn

The global airline industry will make losses of $6bn this year, up from $4.8bn in 2004, because of high fuel costs, according to the International Air Transport Association. Meanwhile, Emirates Airline President Tim Clark again defended the Dubai-based carrier at the IATA annual general meeting saying the airline did not receive any government subsidies. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 10:26 PM

Subsidy spat heats up aviation skirmish (The Telegraph)

Brussels, May 30 (Reuters): The United States accused the European Union on Monday of ***spinning to the press*** on a proposal the bloc said it had made to avert a legal showdown over subsidies enjoyed by aviation rivals Airbus and Boeing.

Posted at 07:55 PM

Air Travel Officials Demand Changes (AP via Yahoo! News)

Governments need to lower taxes and relax restrictions on air travel to help airlines stay competitive amid increasing pressures for cost cuts, officials at a gathering for commercial aviation industry said Monday.

Posted at 04:16 PM

US accuses EU of 'spinning' aircraft deal (Reuters via Yahoo! News)

Europe and the United States traded barbs on Monday over subsidies to their aviation makers, undermining an effort by the European Union (EU) to strike a deal aimed at averting a legal showdown.

Posted at 02:32 PM

US: EU 'spinning' on aircraft dispute (Reuters via Yahoo! News)

The United States accused the European Union on Monday of "spinning to the press" by making public a new proposal to end a dispute over subsidies enjoyed by aviation rivals Airbus and Boeing .

Posted at 10:34 AM

Qatar Airways, Alexandria service

Qatar Airways has announced schedules for its new flights to Alexandria to launch on June 9. The city will be served non-stop three-times-a-week from Doha by an Airbus A320 in a two-class configuration. To celebrate Qatar Airways is offering members of its frequent flyer programme double Qmiles for the first full month of the new service.



[AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 07:20 AM

Etihad to buy 70-80 planes

Etihad chairman Sheikh Ahmed bin Saif Al Nahyan told MEED Etihad will have 70 to 80 planes carrying about 8m per annum passengers within five years. Our seat load factor is good and by the end of the year we are forecasting 1.2m passengers, he added. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 12:50 AM

May 29, 2005

Dubai air show, November 20-24

The Dubai 2005 air show will be held from November 20-24, and promises to be the biggest edition of this event to date. Business jets are to be a notable theme of this year's events with demand in the region taking off dramatically, said organisers Fairs & Exhibitions. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 11:02 PM

Aviation industry introduced to students (News Daily)

Through its partnership with North Clayton High School, the world's busiest passenger airport is fostering a passion for flying and training students for careers in aviation.

Posted at 09:09 PM

Malaysian Airline's 4th-Qtr Profit May Slump 77%, Survey Shows (Bloomberg.com)

May 30 (Bloomberg) -- Malaysian Airline System Bhd., the nation's biggest carrier, may report a 77 percent slump in fourth- quarter profit, its second straight quarterly decline, because of soaring oil prices and the absence of a tax write-back.

Posted at 08:26 PM

Pilot injured in crash during aerobatic display (CNN.com)

YUKON, Oklahoma (AP) -- A small plane crashed Sunday while performing aerobatics, seriously injuring the pilot, the Federal Aviation Administration said.

Posted at 05:31 PM

US to test airline anti-missile defense system (AFP via Yahoo! News)

The US Department of Homeland Security is paying for tests on defensive laser systems designed to thwart attacks from shoulder-fired missiles on passenger airliners.

Posted at 03:15 PM

Neptune Aviation cleared for takeoff (Missoulian)

Grounded no longer, Neptune Aviation's bombers are cleared to fight wildfires. The safety questions have been answered and the federal contract for seven of the Missoula-based aviation service's P2V airtankers has been approved, Agriculture Undersecretary Mark Rey said Thursday.

Posted at 02:40 PM

Neptune Aviation cleared for takeoff (Missoulian)

Grounded no longer, Neptune Aviation's bombers are cleared to fight wildfires. The safety questions have been answered and the federal contract for seven of the Missoula-based aviation service's P2V airtankers has been approved, Agriculture Undersecretary Mark Rey said Thursday.

Posted at 02:40 PM

Small Plane Crashes in Okla.; Pilot Hurt (AP via Yahoo! News)

A small plane crashed Sunday while performing aerobatics, seriously injuring the pilot, the Federal Aviation Administration said.

Posted at 01:25 PM

Planes collide over Oklahoma City airport (MSNBC)

Two airplanes collided in mid-air Sunday while performing aerobatics near a suburban airport, killing at least one person, the Federal Aviation Administration said.

Posted at 01:18 PM

Planes Collide Over Okla. Airport; 1 Dead (AP via Yahoo! News)

Two airplanes collided in mid-air Sunday while performing aerobatics near a suburban airport, killing at least one person, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration said.

Posted at 01:01 PM

Friends of the Earth executive director Tony Juniper said: 'Aviation is an increasing source of climate-changing (Sunday Mail)

CHEAP air fares will end up costing the earth, green activists have warned. Friends of the Earth and Greenpeace claim the flights boom is fuelling global warming which will cause millions of deaths as sea levels rise.

Posted at 06:05 AM

Emirates flys on-time

Emirates Airline is now ensuring on-time departures from Dubai International Airport by closing the gate fifteen minutes before departure. From June 1, passengers who arrive later will not be able to board the aircraft, ensuring that passengers already seated will not be inconvenienced by delays and possible missed connections. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 05:17 AM

'Tanjore' to be first Indian aircraft to land in Iceland (Outlook India)

Little did Captain Deepak Anand of Air India's Special Aircraft AI-1, flying President A P J Abdul Kalam, knew that he would become the first Indian pilot who will make the maiden landing of the country's international flag carrier on the Iceland runway.

Posted at 03:33 AM

EgyptAir, $850m Boeing order

The EgyptAir Holding Company is set to buy 12 passenger jets worth $850m from US aircraft manufacturer Boeing, EgyptAir Airline chairman Sherif Galal told Dow Jones newswires. Boeing has lost out to Airbus in regional orders in recent years. [AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 12:32 AM

Virgin to fly to Dubai

Virgin Atlantic said it will start Dubai operations next year with four flights a week building to a daily service by the summer. The Dubai service will have aircraft fitted with the Upper Class Suite, the airline said when unveiling profits of $141m for 2004-5.

[AMEInfo.com]

Posted at 12:25 AM